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DISCOVER stands for Diabetes Insights and Self Care Options via Education and Reflection. It's a free course for people with Type 2 diabetes.

DISCOVER courses will help you manage the changes that type 2 diabetes brings to your life. They offer the opportunity to meet and share experiences with others.

DISCOVER courses are run over 4 weeks. Each session is 2.5 hours.

You will be invited to attend a follow-up session at 6 months and 12 months.


This is a good opportunity for you to meet other people with type 2 diabetes. A family member, carer or friend is also welcome to book a place and attend with you for support.

Book your free place on a DISCOVER course

When you attend the course you will:

  • get up-to-date information on type 2 diabetes
  • learn practical skills to help you manage your diabetes
  • discuss things that affect diabetes treatment like food choices, being active, managing weight, medicines, smoking, alcohol, check-ups, eye care, foot care and more
  • gain helpful skills and confidence in how to manage your diabetes well.

People who have attended the DISCOVER course have found it of benefit to them:

"The group has helped me to understand my diabetes and how to help myself" - Elizabeth, Carlow.

"Excellent course, very informative, worthwhile" - John, Tullow.

What you will learn during each session

Session 1

  • What is type 2 diabetes
  • My health results
  • Possible complications
  • Weight management
  • Making a change

Session 2

  • Food for health
  • Physical activity
  • Weight management
  • Making a change

Session 3

  • Food for health
  • Sitting less
  • Minding our minds
  • Making a change

Session 4

  • Entitlements and safety
  • Medicines
  • Making a change
  • Planning ahead

You are welcome to bring a family member, carer or friend to support you. Just book a place for them.

You will be invited to attend a follow-up session at 6 months and 12 months. This is an opportunity to revisit topics, provide new information, review health results and make plans

Book your free place on a DISCOVER DIABETES course

This Youtube video explains the benefits of taking part in a DISCOVER diabetes course.

Page last reviewed: 1 August 2020
Next review due: 1 August 2023

This project has received funding from the Government of Ireland’s Sláintecare Integration Fund 2019 under Grant Agreement Number 9.